[webkit-dev] update GCC version?

Michael Catanzaro mcatanzaro at igalia.com
Mon Jan 9 07:52:22 PST 2017

On Mon, 2017-01-09 at 16:39 +0100, Carlos Alberto Lopez Perez wrote:
> Another idea is: (c) Drop the "one year after the release"
> requirement.
> Which means that we could update to minimum GCC version to 5.3 (the
> one
> in last Ubuntu LTS) when Debian 9 is released (which hopefully is
> expected to happen around the middle of 2017).
> A date that I guess will be near enough to when VS2017 is released.
> This will mean that instead of supporting up to 3-year old
> dependencies
> we will only support up to 2-year old ones.
> I'm not particular enthusiast about this, but I'm ready to understand
> that supporting 3-year old dependencies is not realistic on a project
> like WebKit.

I think it is totally realistic to support 3-year old dependencies.
There's absolutely no reason we cannot do it if we want to. The latest
compiler features are nice-to-haves, not requirements.

But I agree that this would be a good solution if we want to bump the
GCC requirement sooner. As you pointed out, it would allow us to do
that this summer rather than next summer.


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